Released July, 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on August 13, 2004
At long last, Hasbro makes a new 12" Stormtrooper. It uses the new, more posable body and is capable of more movement than ever before. It has moving fingers, a holster, and it can look up and down-- and posable ankles. Still, it's not as good as some fan-made and foreign offerings... but for the price, and for what it is, it's second to none.
The figure includes a rifle.
The Stormtrooper is made from tons of new parts and is a little smaller than previous attempts at the character, but he still is Hasbro's best take on the figure at this size-- by a longshot. He isn't rubbery looking, and his armor doesn't look like a kid's Halloween costume. As such, we are happy.
While the armor is an obstacle to free movement, it's obvious Hasbro has learned from previous versions how to do this right. You can get a lot more out of this Stormtrooper than previous release large or small, which means that this is a high point.
He can kneel, he can aim, he can do lots of things. He can't do them perfectly, though, but he can do them better than any currently available American Stormtrooper toy. As such, if you want to build a very large army, this is the right figure to get. The armor is much closer to how the movie version looks despite not being perfect and while the helmet isn't perfect, it's plenty good.
The coloring is right, and on the whole, it looks good. It's a little smooshed, but it is a hollow helmet yet again, so this shouldn't be a big surprise.
The figure's big flaw comes from the body glove, which tends to ride up into the armor never to be seen again. So you might see a few plastic wrists or ankles instead of the cloth which you might expect or prefer, but such is life.
The set includes one blaster.
Yeah, it's the same one again. Still, it's a nicely made weapon and is hard to fault on any grand scale, so at least it isn't horrendous.
Courtesy of his new hands, he can grip it fairly well, too. It also fits right in his holster. What more could you ask for?
As you can see, a lot of money went into the packaging.
As you can see, the vintage-style replica box is packed inside a much larger box, much like the 40th Anniversary 12" G.I. Joe figures. The front does nothing to take away from the box reproduction, and the back is very much like the smaller OTC and VOTC figures.
The smaller box is quite similar to the original box, but not identical. Obviously, copyrights were changed, but less obviously, the box is smaller than the original by virtue of the fact that the figure is also much smaller. The photos of the 1979 Boba Fett have been replaced by the modern figure but aside from that, it really isn't all that different. There's also an insert underneath the box flap to show other currently available modern figures, which is amusing as most people probably will never see it.
The 12" Vintage figures probably have the best packaging out there today, or at the very least the most ornate. It's hard to fault, and it looks spectacular.
He's showing up in stores now, but he's also selling out really fast-- you can usually tell where he's been because a couple of Lukes are left behind. Keep looking, though, because he'll be shipping for a while.
Easily the best large Stormtrooper Hasbro has yet to make, but still not as cool or as posable as the Marmit one. The rotocast helmet is smooshed weird so that even though it could be more accurate to the movie than ever before, it doesn't look like it. Still, it's the best we have in this country, and odds are you could make a cool Stormtrooper Luke out of it.
Our sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in July 2004.